I'll get straight to the point here and ask; what is the general web design process?
I have been searching google for answers as to the steps that need to be taken (from start to finish) to produce a website for a client.
From what I understand, the initial steps involve gathering the website requirements, researching, and gathering content. I get this. You need to know what the purpose of the website is, who the intended audience is etc.
Where I am coming up a little stuck is the actual 'design' phase.
Do I sketch (on paper) a mockup version first? Or is it more beneficial to use an online resource for this?
Do I go on to photoshop and design the whole website on that first, and then go from there into my text editor?
I also feel slightly confused as to what 'wireframing' actually means. Is it just a mockup version of the website? Is it just the basic layout of the website without any colour, images etc? Just the structure?
I would be interested to know what everyones thoughts are on this, and would greatly appreciate any responses.